Iyengar yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. He modernized and redefined the ancient teachings of Patanjali into a system that speaks to our western minds and to our contemporary life. Timing, sequencing and alignment are the three major components of this system. This method develops one’s intelligence, awareness, health and spirituality.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs.
Hatha Flow yoga (or Vinyasa flow) synchronizes the breath with the movements of the body. It is called “flow yoga” because of the smooth way the poses run together in a dynamic and fluid fashion. It allows the energy to flow through the entire body.
Introduction to incorporating Iyengar Yoga to address and help manage symptoms and challenges associated with Multiple Sclerosis and similar neurological conditions. While yoga is not a cure for MS. In the words of BKS Iyengar "yoga helps us to endure not cure." No yoga experience ok. Handicap Accessible.
For students who want to learn and practice the fundamental yoga poses. They will understand the alignment through the progressive sequences of poses and will develop focus, awareness, and flexibility. Students are encouraged to take the Yoga Basics class series first.
For students who have a solid understanding of the fundamental poses taught in Level 1 along with a base of strength and flexibility from regular attendance. Some level 2 poses will be introduced. In this class, students begin to deepen their understanding of the mind-body connection.
For students who have a solid understanding of the fundamental poses from previous levels. Inversions and backbends are introduced. The student at this level develops an understanding of the connection of the poses to the inner body and mind.
Beginning a yoga practice can be a challenging, rewarding and life-changing journey. Having a firm grasp of the basics is essential for continued growth, development and stability in a yoga practice. In this class, students will be instructed in the foundational standing and sitting poses as taught by BKS Iyengar with the aim of developing strength in the arms and legs, flexibility of joints and ligaments, increased body awareness and improved posture while reducing stress and tension. Students will also be instructed in studio etiquette and the use of props to enhance and enrich their practice. Students will be sitting on the floor at the beginning of each session, and classes are designed for those who can get up from and down onto the floor on their own power with ease.
Yin yoga is the other half of your yoga practice aligning with the lunar (feminine) energy to create balance. It’s a deep stretch honoring uniqueness of your body in stillness. The deep stretch is obtained by targeting the deeper layers of the body: connective tissue, ligaments and fascia by relaxing the muscles with or without the support of the props with long holds (3-5minutes). This approach also helps to lubricate the joints. This self-care practice opens the meridian points, which are the energy channels based in traditional Chinese medicine allowing the qi (life for energy) to flow through freely. Good for: Flexibility, joint health, calming yet energizing, remedy for exhaustion, self-acceptance, clarity of the mind and meditation. Min. 6 months yoga experience recommended.
For students who want to focus on relaxation and on the regulation of their systems. It is a less rigorous class with focus on relaxation. The poses are held longer and supported using props to deeply rejuvenate and calm the body and mind.
For students who want to strengthen the major organs of action, the legs and the arms. Using the ropes helps the body to extend vertically and horizontally. The practice opens the body organically, leading to an open heart and better breathing. It is one of the genius inventions of Mr Iyengar.